Water Conservation

Water is one of the most essential elements of life, and it is important to use it wisely. Therefore, this post is dedicated to laying out some basic and relatively simple water conservation tips around the home.

Why conserve?

Water Conservation Saves Money – 
If you receive your water from a public supply, the cost of treating, pumping, and delivering water to your home increases, as does the cost of treating the wastewater that leaves your home. In most urban areas of the state, sewer bills are tied to the amount of water you use. If you have a private well and septic system, water conservation will help reduce costly repairs. You can also prolong the life of your septic system by reducing the amount of wastewater that goes into it.

Water Conservation Saves Energy
 – Water conservation saves energy and can help to reduce your monthly bills.

Water Conservation Reduces Pollution
 – Conservation reduces the amount of wastewater going to the sewage treatment plant. This may mean better treatment and cleaner water being discharged to our rivers and bays. If you have a septic system, conservation can prevent septic tank and drainfield overloads and help ensure that a septic system is treating wastewater properly.

Around the house you can:

  • Use a water-efficient showerhead, which can save you up to 750 gallons of water a month.
  • Fix any leaky or dripping faucets.
  • Consider Energy Star or EPA WaterSense Label models when looking for new household appliances.  For more information, see: http://www.energystar.gov/
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
  • Wash clothes or dishes only when the machines are full.
  • Insulate your water pipes.
  • Consider replacing older toilets with newer, low-flow ones.

Around the yard you can:

  • Water lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to avoid evaporation.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered, not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Check for leaky outdoor faucets.
  • Plant drought-resistant plants that require less water.